Day 10, Chapter 10
Is Jesus who He claimed to be? Was He God in the flesh? Was He the Messiah? People were abuzz with such questions when Jesus was in the midst of His ministry. The Jewish leaders constantly pressured Jesus for more information, more signs, more proof. Here’s another one of those incidences, from John 10: 24–30 (The Message):
The Jews, circling him, said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you’re the Messiah, tell us straight out.”
Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words. You don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.”
Everything Jesus said and did reflected that He was no mere man. But the leaders did not want to believe Jesus was who He claimed, because it would disrupt everything they had built their lives upon.
And so it is with us, today. Jesus comes to disrupt what we’ve built our lives upon, not because He’s mean or cruel, but because He offers something better. He promises to give us life overflowing. And because He’s the Good Shepherd who watches out for His own, we can trust He will do what’s best (even when it doesn’t look that way at first).
Today, I’m confessing my tendency to be like the Jewish leaders—always questioning Jesus and always refusing to believe and yield. I want to grow in faith, trusting His actions not only recorded in Scripture but also the evidence in my own life. He is my Shepherd, and I choose to follow Him.
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